You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know that there is a day dedicated to supporting the arts?
We discover Artists Sunday, started by Chris Sherman. A day to encourage shopping and support local art. We meet Southern California artists Phoebe Barnum and Lowell Nickel and learn from Linda Grimes of the San Pedro Waterfront Arts District why the neighborhood is such an inspiration to Barnum and Nickel and so many other artists.
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Artists Sunday is a national art buying event held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving with over 4,500 members. Participants include more than 500 local communities, including arts agencies, cities, counties, state agencies, chambers of commerce and organizations and more than 4,000 individual artists.
Their mission is to encourage shopping with favorite local artists, designers and designers during the holiday season. Artists Sunday is the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Think of it like Black Friday or Small Business Saturday, but for the arts.
San Pedro Beachfront Arts District
In San Pedro, the arts and the waterfront are the main resources for the revitalization of the region and provide physical, social, cultural and economic benefits to strengthen and support the community. Over time, many artists and arts and cultural organizations have settled in San Pedro and have become essential to the community. The downtown district is home to over 30 studios and galleries, plenty of unique / non-chain restaurants, and at least a dozen world-class artists who own properties in and around San Pedro.
Phoebe Barnum was born in New York and raised in Los Angeles. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Long Beach University with a major in drawing and painting and a minor in ceramics. She has worked extensively in the field of graphic design with an emphasis on periodicals and advertising. Throughout her graphic career, Phoebe has continued to work on her designs, ceramics and more recently her jewelry, all of which have undergone many iterations based on the organic and symbolism drawn from the nature and imagery of Indigenous Peoples. Phoebe’s current work explores the play of light and shadow describing form through the creation of markings and the subtle use of color. Over time, the work has become more abstract and in the case of ceramics, more sculptural. The ceramic uses the subtle colors of the clay body, slips, stains and marks on the surface, which blurs the line between drawing and painting.
Lowell Nickel is an experienced visual artist with a proven track record of working in the fine art industry. Skills in environmental awareness, art history, conservation, fine arts and public art. Strong education professional with an MFA focused on Master of Fine Arts, Painting & Drawing, Mixed Media / Installation from California State University-Long Beach.
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• Shop for local art: art walks and craft fairs in December
• San Pedro Art Walk – the first Thursday of each month
• DTLA Art Walk – the 2nd Thursday of each month
• Holiday Craft Fair, Chatswotrh 12/4 and 12/5
• Craft Contemporary Holiday Marketplace, Los Angeles on 4/12
• Harvest Festival Craft Show, Ontario 12/3
• Holiday market, Morrpark 12/4
• Arts and Crafts Show, Huntington Beach 12/4
• SoCal Etsy Guild Market, Northridge 12/17
• Craft Market, Los Angeles 12/12
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• Artistan Marketplace, Newport Beach 12/5